The transition from the surreal and hostile psychoses of Donald Trump, to the decidedly more rational and stable personality of Joe Biden, has a produced a series of “eye rolling” moments that can provoke both laughter and confusion. There has been a desperate struggle by Fox News and other right-wing media to contrive “scandals” from trivialities. Whether it’s mocking the romance in Biden’s marriage, or lying about Kamala Harris selling books to migrant children.
The latest hypocrisy by Fox News is their expression of horror because, as they put it, “President Biden snapped at a reporter at the end of his press conference.” The reporter, Kaitlan Collins of CNN, asked Biden why he was “confident” that Vladimir Putin would change his behavior. Biden’s reply resulted in this exchange:
Biden: I’m not confident he’ll change his behavior. What in the hell, what do you do all the time? When did I say I was confident? Let’s get this straight. I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and diminishes their standing in the world. I’m not confident of anything. I’m just stating a fact.
Collins: But given his past behavior has not changed, and in that press conference after sitting down with you for several hours, [Putin] denied any involvement in cyber attacks, he downplayed human rights abuses, he even refused to say [Russian dissident] Alexei Navalny’s name. So, how does that account to a constructive meeting?
Biden: If you don’t understand that, you’re in the wrong business.
Biden didn’t want to let that one slide pic.twitter.com/ogMePeIb8W
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 16, 2021
Okay. Biden was a little testy because Collins misquoted him. But has Fox News ever met Donald Trump? Are they seriously making a fuss about Biden’s interactions with the press when they never said a word about Trump referring to them in Stalinist terms as “the enemy of the people.” Did Fox News miss all the times that Trump insulted reporters – especially women – as “disgraceful,” “liars,” “stupid,” “fake news,” and so much more?
Trump regarded the media as his enemy. Throughout his presidency he viciously maligned the constitutionally protected free press and reporters personally. And his abuse was noted by the Committee to Protect Journalists that declared him to be “an unprecedented threat to the rights of journalists and […] press freedom around the world.”
Another difference between Trump and Biden was that, within a couple of hours, Biden apologized to Collins, which she graciously accepted:
Kaitlan Collins says Biden apologizing for the way he handled her question is "completely unnecessary" pic.twitter.com/StQ8LZLz3z
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 16, 2021
Donald Trump never showed the slightest respect for the press, unless it was for the drooling sycophants of Fox News, Newsmax, One America News Network, or other disreputable propagandists pretending to be journalists. But Fox News suddenly regards a minor expression of annoyance by Biden as intolerable. It’s episodes like this that affirm their well deserved reputation for being shameless purveyors of disinformation and lies.
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